Dinner was satisfying juicy steaks. The kids had already finished eating playing in their fairy tales on the rug nearby. The table had yet to be cleaned. Perhaps a little too much Cabernet, the world seemed to fade away. For now, it was just Athena…

Dear Eric, you are four years old today. You are such a happy, joyful, and most importantly, a healthy boy. You are truly a gift from heaven, and we are very grateful. You laughed and blew out the candle as happy as any four years…

“Look at this new snake necklace. I bought it specifically to take selfies for your blog. See the snake design, it’s my Chinese zodiac sign. I’m destined to have hypnotic power over you.” Athena dangled the newly received toy from her hand. A few days…

Athena was practicing cracking whips in the yard. She came in shortly holding one whip to show Her Subject. The fall part of the whip dangled from her hand. The cracker was missing. Nothing said and Her Subject knew what was demanded. Athena walked outside…